After Your Garage Sale

The last of your customers have driven away, and as the sun sets, it's time to close up shop.  After tending a garage sale all day, the last thing you want to do is pack everything up and deal with it ever again.  Hopefully you don't have too much left -- but if you do, there are some ways to make the process easier.

Packing items from garage sale in a boxFirst off, keep things organized!  Most likely, you had at least some semblance of order during the sale itself -- clothes in one spot, books in another, toys and games in yet another.  Don't disturb that order!  Deal with things in categories; it will make it easier to keep track of what you're going to do with everything.

You can certainly pack things up, since you likely don't want to leave it outside all night.  Large garbage bags (the black kind, preferably with the drawstring) are great for anything that isn't fragile.  Clothes are easily hauled around in a garbage bag, as are toys if they don't have sharp edges.

Books and fragile things are probably better kept in boxes.  You can ask your local grocery store if they would be willing to give you some of their used apple boxes or freezer-goods boxes, or check a shipping center of some sort and ask if they have leftover boxes.  The integrity of the box doesn't matter much at this point, so long as you can transport your items.  If worse comes to worse, reinforce the box with some packing tape.

Before you tote everything off to get rid of it, peruse it just to make sure there's nothing you could keep for the next garage sale.  Collectibles will grow in value the longer you keep them, and anything rare, out-of-print, or vintage can become more in demand the older it gets.  Portion off a closet corner or area of your garage to keep a box (or boxes) full of next year's items.  Don't go overboard, though; you had a garage sale to get rid of things, remember!

Lots of places will take your leftover garage sale goodies, and some can give you a tax deductible donation receipt for them.  Thrift stores, like Goodwill or the Salvation Army, usually have donation centers both on site and at trucks parked in department store lots.  If you have a local thrift store you would rather support, call ahead to let them know what you could potentially give them.  Clothing or toy drives start up around the holidays, so if you have a cause you'd like to support, you can save your stuff until then.

You've given away everything anyone wants, but you still have a large amount of stuff left, it might be time to call our friends College Hunks Hauling Junk.  This is a great solution if you have larger items like furniture or bicycles; if you've only retained a few small bags, go ahead and toss them in the trash.

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Comments (6) -

Robin Howe
Robin Howe
2/21/2013 12:37:04 PM #

The garage sale itself is tiring but its nothing compared to after the event. Cleaning up after the mess and stacking those unsold stuff is the challenging part. Its more difficult if your garage sale did not generate the income you'd expected. You need the help of other people to join you clean up afterwards and as an incentive, you can pay someone would a small amount for the service of helping you.

Ned Branch
Ned Branch
2/21/2013 12:54:18 PM #

You can either keep the items that were not sold in your basement or you could donate it instead. In times like there are calamities like floods, storms, earthquakes in our countries. You could sort out items you could donate such as old blankets, old shirts but save those items in good condition. You don't always need to think of money all the time, you could make it as a PRO BONO.

Samuel Larson
Samuel Larson
2/22/2013 3:21:52 PM #

Before you start a garage sale, you should decide that all the leftovers of the sale should be donated to a charity or foundation. It's a good feeling that you've earned an income while helping and lending a hand to other people. But if you decide to save some for future events, then pack them properly and place them in a safe place such as the basement.

Donald Williams
Donald Williams
2/23/2013 8:28:11 AM #

Store your remaining items a sturdy, dry box. Make sure to wrap them in plastic before stuffing it inside the box. This is to prevent dust from accumulating and prevent moisture from forming which can harbor bacteria. Organize them properly so that if you have to find an item, you won't open all the boxes because you forgot what particular box you put it into. Label the them legibly and clearly so you can immediately identify each box. Bottomline is, you can recycle old boxes and just support them with tape.

Raymond Petro
Raymond Petro
2/23/2013 8:54:42 AM #

If you're generous enough, you could give it to your salvation army and get tax cuts as an exchange. It defeats the purpose if you still hoard and store everything in your basement. You need to start to put things in order by selling or giving away things you don't need. You can ask yourself some questions if you're confused on garage sales. Have I used this item this past year? Is there any chance that I would use this in the near future? Does this have sentimental value?

Joshua Hillburn
Joshua Hillburn
2/23/2013 9:02:07 AM #

To save time in cleaning up, your set-up should not be so grandiose with all the minute decorations because they're really hard to remove and pack. It's advisable that you use bigger decorations with light taping materials to make it easier in taking off those signs. Start with the hardest things to clean up while you still have the energy to do so. Cleaning the trash and garbage the people left would be a good start. Then you could get all those remaining items and store them or give them away. Return all the tables, chairs you used and put them inside and make sure everything's been taken care of before you go home and rest.

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